Body language interpretation and changing priorities

It serves to show, however, how our priorities change when we are physically or mentally affected.

It is not only our clothing that gives us away.  People suffering from low mood, depression or mental illness, will often be seen walking along with rounded shoulders, looking at the ground.

So, generally speaking, when the demeanour of your patients changes for the worse in this way, you may reasonably take it to mean that something is wrong.

When we are fit and well, however, we generally dress according to how we believe ourselves to be:  how we wish to fit in – as most of us do – or how we don’t;  whether we wish to be casual or business like. 

Body language interpretation and conforming to convention

Like it or not, if we do not conform to the conventions of society, we are not accepted in some quarters at least by some or most people in those particular sections.

For example, when I appeared at Chiropractic conference as a speaker, I was expected to dress in a dark suit, white(or mild color) shirt, smart (but not flashy), and black shoes.  I was happy to do that.

Not only did I feel comfortable conforming to the expectation, I also knew that if my fellow speakers were not similarly dressed, they would be at a disadvantage, where their material may not be taken seriously.

Somehow, people who do not conform lack credibility in a particular environment.

If I had attended an open air pop concert dressed in that way, I would have attracted some strange looks and no doubt people would have been saying, “Who is this weird chick?”

When I went to the Canadian Association Black Tie Gala, hosted by the Ambassador, admission was not permitted without appropriate attire; women in ballgowns and gentlemen were dressed in tuxedo attire.

That was normal dress in the presence such an event, and nothing else was acceptable.

Hardly suitable though for a beach barbecue when virtually no clothes would be the norm!  You see, it is not so much the clothing perhaps as the environment.